types of steel cutting machines

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There are several types of band saw machines used to cut a wide variety of materials The portable band saw is a hand held power tool commonly found on job sites Also commonly refered to as porta bands, The hand held tool is used to cut conduit pipe, small channels and angles, re-bar, and a host of other materials used in the construction environment It is generally hand fed into the workpiece with a choice of two blade speeds The horizontal band saw is generally used in production and non-production applications such as fabrication shops, steel supply houses, steel mills, and manufacturing facilities.

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The horizontal band saw is used to cut solid material, structural steel, pipe, tubing, angles, and channels. The material is held securely in a vise while the blade is lowered into the work with hydraulic or gravity feed Once cut, the material can be indexed automatically or manually to make the next cut To accommodate the various materials that can be cut, the machine is equipped with blade speed control and blade feed control This ensures that the proper cutting rates are achieved while providing optimum performance and blade life.
 

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The vertical band saw is used for the same applications as the horizontal band saw The difference is that a vertical machine allows the user to make contoured and mitered cuts, The vertical band saw is used to cut the same range of materials as the horizontal machine Additional benefts to using the vertical machine include the option to pivot the head for mitered cuts The machine can also make contoured cuts When making contoured cuts the workpiece is manually controlled for the direction of the cut and the feed pressure applied against the blade, This procedure is more common in tool and die shops as well as woodworking shops.

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